Blue fin tuna Joint Deployment Plan
Bluefin tuna has been overfished for decades and if not protected accordingly, could disappear from EU waters. For this reason, tough measures to secure the future of the blue fin tuna stock have been taken immediately by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) ICCAT. They have taken the format of a special recovery plan adopted in 2006 with the objective to bring back this stock within safe biological limits. The plan comprised measures such as a the reduction of the total allowable catches, restriction on fishing within certain areas and time periods, a new minimum size, measures concerning sport and recreational fishing activities, control measures, etc. The plan has been revised at the last ICCAT meeting in November 2008. The overhauled recovery plan introduced further cuts in catch levels and fishing seasons, and reductions in both fishing and farming capacity, as a sign of the seriousness of the stock situation.
Subsequently, the European Union, as a contractor
party of the ICCAT has transposed all the legislation into Community
law with a view to fulfil its international obligations in this
fishery. To ensure the full implementation of the recovery plan,
the Commission has established a Specific Control and Inspection
Programme to monitor its implementation and enforcement. This programme
is a joint EU project, which will bring together the resources of
the European Commission, the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA),
and the Member States involved in the fishery. Indeed, control and
enforcement is a critical issue in the fishery to maintain the resource
at sustainable levels.
Results of the JDP for bluefin tuna in 2012
of the JDP for bluefin tuna in 2011